Fast and Furious 9 features several big-name stars, but it may be surprising to find out that not all of the main characters are returning for the sequel. Since their high-octane debut in 2001, the Fast and Furious franchise has been keeping audiences on the edge of their seats as Dominic Toretto, and the rest of his crew take on everything from road races to international heists.
After the original film grossed over $ 200,000,000 on a $ 37,000,000 budget, it was practically inevitable that the film would get a sequel, but no one could predict the scope the franchise would go on. There was a theme park ride, including countless video games, and a net gross of about $ 6 billion. Even after the tragic loss of actor Paul Walker, Fast and Furious showed no signs of slowing down, and Universal Pictures has continued to churn out films at least once every few years. The Fast and Furious movies have been so successful that Fast and Furious 10 has already been scheduled for a 2021 release, even though Fast and Furious 9 is still a theater hit.
The significant success of the franchise can be attributed to the ensemble cast of most of the characters — the lead, of course, by Vin Diesel as the fearless street racer Dominic Toretto. While Dom’s crew (often referred to as their “family”) are an integral part of the franchise’s emotional core, not all of the major players will be on the big screen. Notably missing from the cast (as of right now) are Luke Hobbs (Dwayne “Rock Johnson) and Deckard Shaw (Jason Statham), both of whom featured in the spinoff film Fast and Furious: Hobbs and Shaw, which came out in August 2019 While Johnson and Statham will be missed, here is a list of all the returning characters that fans can expect to see when the Fast and Furious 9 roar in the theater.
Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel)
A franchise would be nothing without its fearless leader, so it’s a no brainer that Vin Diesel will return as Dominic Toretto, the man who started it all. When fans watched the previous Dome, he was introducing the crew to his young son Brian, named after his dear friend Brian O’Connor. With an attachment to muscle cars and cross defeats, Dom’s no-nonsense leadership style and family-oriented values make him the perfect man to pull pretty much any steal. Chances are even higher that he will be returning for those mentioned above Fast and Furious 10, though this is yet to be confirmed.
Letty Ortiz (Michelle Rodriguez)
Also, from day one, a corps member of the crew, Michelle Rodriguez, would be returning as Dom’s wife, Letty. Although there was a time when Rodriguez walked away from the film almost because of his issues with the franchise’s handling of its female characters, everything seems to have gone smooth, as Rodriguez swiftly confirmed his return with Diesel. Has gone and Furious 9. Considering Rodriguez’s objections before appearing in the sequel, it is possible that Letty (and other leading ladies of the franchise) could play more of an active role in the film.
Mia Toretto (Jordana Brewster)
Jordan Brewster will also be returning as Mia, Dom’s sister, and Brian’s wife. While Mia was featured in the first film, she has not been present in all of them — only in Fast and Furious 4–8. Mia has played more of a small role in recent films than Letty and Dom and considering the demise of Paul Walker; it’s unclear exactly how big of a role she will play in Fast and Furious 9. But it could be more significant than the one he was furious with.
Roman Pearce (Tyrese Gibson) And Tej Parker (Ludacris)
No Fast and Furious film would be complete without the slightest comic relief, and thankfully confirmed the return of both Tyrese Gibson and Ludacris. Gibson plays wisecracking criminal and women’s man Roman Pearce, while Ludacris plays expert mechanic Bright. Both men have been the mainstay franchise and provide a significant amount of comic relief to the film. Even though they have each been featured in the majority of the Fast and Furious movies, neither Tej nor Roman has ever actually gone front and center, so the new sequel lacks an opportunity for the lackluster duo of Hobbs and Shaw Can be depicted more prominently for.
Ramsey (Nathalie Emmanuel)
In addition to the recent addition to Dom’s crew, it may surprise some to hear that Ramsey, a British activist, will appear in Fast and Furious 9. Played by Game of Thrones alum Nathalie Emanuel, his return could be an indication of the scale size of the upcoming film if Ramsey brought the franchise to a much more modern setting with the introduction of his hacking abilities and international connections. Ramsey also had a hint of romantic connection with both Roman and Tej, which can be explored or extended. She first appeared in Furious 7 and returned to Furious’s fate, so Fast and Furious 9 could establish her as a fundamental part of the team.
Magdalene Shaw (Helen Mirren)
Another surprising returnee is Magdalene Shaw, the hardened criminal, and Dame Helen Mirren as the mother of Deckard, Owen, and Hattie Shaw. Magdalene’s presence is somewhat surprising, considering that none of her children have been confirmed to appear in Fast and Furious 9, so her role in the film is very high up in the air. When we last saw him, Magdalene was being jailbroken by his children at Hobbs and Shaw, so he is likely roaming the planet in search of his next job.
Cipher (Charlize Theron)
Another high-caliber actress returning with Helen Mirren is Charlize Theron as Cipher. Cipher was the villain of Furious’s fate. He was responsible for the kidnapping of Dom’s infant son as well as the murder of his former love, Elena, so there is no question that, after his defeat at the hands of Dominic and the rest of the crew, he seeks revenge. Will be out Now, except the Reform Shaw family, Cipher is also one of the few villains in the Fast and Furious franchise that is the primary antagonist for more than one film. Given Theron’s recent award season nominations and prolific career, it’s no surprise that the franchise would like to keep him around for a while now.
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